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October 2009

MB&F HM2.2 Black Box by Alain Silberstein

What happens when that master of glorious colour, French high-end watch designer Alain Silberstein, is let loose with MB&F's Horological Machine No2? The surprising answer is a new, all-black case that epitomises Bauhaus purity and restraint. The new model, called Horological Machine No2.2, is known affectionately in-house as "the black box". It will be issued in a limited edition of eight watches.

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Seiko Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive Rose Gold

The Seiko Velatura Kinetic Direct Drive was recently introduced in rose gold. It features one of Seiko's proprietary hybrid quartz/mechanical movements. A kinetic movement consists of an automatic mechanical rotor that powers a traditional electronic quartz movement. This configuration allows quartz accuracy and cost, without the need for a battery.

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Patek Sky Moon Tourbillon Brings $1.2 Million

A Patek Phlippe Sky Moon Tourbillon in yellow gold, Ref. 5002, sold for $1.2 million at auction in New York on October 7th. According to Patrizzi & Co. Auctioneers, this is the highest price paid for a wristwatch at auction since the beginning of the recession. And, of course, it's a Patek. As you probably already know, Pateks are in high demand among collectors, resulting in consistently high auction prices.

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquidmetal

OMEGA has announced the launch of the Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquidmetal Limited Edition, the world's first watch to bond ceramics and Liquidmetal®. Swatch Group researchers collaborating with OMEGA's product development team have created a striking ceramic diving bezel whose numbers and scaling, made of the Liquidmetal® alloy, appear in stunning silvery contrast to the black ceramic background. The colour of the ceramic dial perfectly matches that of the bezel. The result is an aesthetic wonder only made possible by several new and innovative processes.

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Lum-Tec Bull 45 PVD Chronograph

The Lum-Tec Bull 45 Chronograph features a 45 mm 316L stainless steel case coated in black PVD. It is a bullhead design, which means the crown and chronograph pushers are on the top of the case. The chronograph is slightly harder to operate than a traditional side mounted configuration, when on your wrist, however, this design prevents the crown of pushers from poking into your wrist. And, if it is in your hand the chronograph buttons are actually a bit easier to manipulate. The dial features an instrument style layout. Protecting the dial is a thick sapphire crystal, with a double sided anti-reflective coating. The watch is extremely legible in bright or dark conditions. The AR treatment removes glare in bright conditions and an 8-layer MDV® LUM-TEC GX luminous treatment makes the dial visible even in the most extreme

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Ateliers deMonaco Grand Tourbillon XP Carré d'Or

The Grand Tourbillon XP Carré d'Or is one of the two collections within the newly founded Ateliers deMonaco brand. Inside is the XP 1-minute Tourbillon automatic bi-directional winding movement. The most unique feature of this watch is the sapphire tourbillon bridge. It allows a nearly unobstructed view of the tourbillon while is rotates, through the opening in the bottom of the dial. The movement features immaculate finishing, such as a curved chamfered and hand guilloche decoration on the bridges. A hand engraved bi-colored gold 18k rotor. A custom-made hand engraving on the Tourbillon cage. The 44.3 x 48 mm case is designed around an ultra light titanium core and features 18K gold side panels. It is both brushed and polished, and hand assembled. The front and back both have sapphire crystals and are treated with multi-layered anti-reflective coatings. The

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CX Swiss Military Dive Chronograph

This video shows the CX Swiss Military Dive Chronograph going through extreme durability tests. High-pressure water from an airport fire truck could not break the case or crystal. Shotgun blasts at close range could not penetrate. And even explosives powerful enough to destroy a car could not pierce the case. But maybe the most significant test, was the test the video does not even show. The water-resistance test. For this test, the watch passed with flying colors. In fact, this is the world's first mechanical timepiece to withstand a depth of 20,000 feet.

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Concord C1 Chronograph All Black

Concord has started revealing some of their Baselworld 2010 novelties. It seems a little early, considering Baselworld is not until March of next year. But then again, why not unveil some of their product line now? The new Concord C1 Chronograph All Black is 44 mm in diameter and 16.7 mm in thickness. It features a steel case and is comprised of 53 elements, a black PVD treatment, a protective ring and polished PVD self-locking screws. Black rubber paws protect the bezel, and give the C1 its unmistakable look.

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